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close this bookTeacher Training: a Reference Manual (Peace Corps, 1986, 176 p.)
close this folderChapter 1 what a teacher trainer needs to know
close this folderTraining techniques
View the document(introduction...)
View the document1. Ice Breaker:
View the document2. Brainstorming:
View the document4. Demonstrations:
View the document5. Games/Simulations/Structured Experiences:
View the document6. Small Groups (Diads, Triads, and More):
View the document7. Role Play:
View the document8. Fishbowl:
View the document9. Field Trips:
View the document10. Interviews:
View the document11. Panels:
View the document12. Case Studies:
View the document13. Critical Incidents:
View the document14. Micro-teaching:
View the document15. Peer Training:

6. Small Groups (Diads, Triads, and More):

Purpose: Small groups of approximately two to seven are used to help share ideas and bring individuals together for discussion or problem solving. The smaller the group, the greater the chance of individual participation.

Description: Grouping is an essential part of training and can be used by the trainer to either bring people together randomly, to have teachers of the same school or school district solve problems together, or to discuss opposing views or methods with colleagues. The trainer may ask the participants to choose partners or assign partners according to the criteria suggested above. The trainer can use this technique for in training participation or to establish working groups for outside training assignments. Possible tasks might be writing objectives and lesson plans, curriculum design, analyzing situations or reporting.


a. One task is assigned to all groups or a different task is assigned to each individual group.
b. The purpose of the tasks is clearly stated and a time limit imposed.
c. How the group's work is to be presented is clearly defined.
d. Shared responsibility for presentation given to all members of any group.